Finished Block Size: 15" x 15"
This block is based on the antique quilt Dresden Plate with Butterfly.
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1. Cut [Rotary Cutting·#F] the background fabric into a 16" square.
Make templates [Cardboard Templates-For Piecing] for
the petal, butterfly, butterfly body, leaf & center circle (which
you will use later in step #5).
3. Arrange the 20 petals, in a circle, varying the order of the dark, medium and light, as well as the colour.
Sew [Machine Piecing], the petals together using a
¼" seam allowance.
sew the petals into sets of five. These sets are the quarter units (refer
to the picture in step #2).
5. Finger press the seam allowance over to the back of the top arcs of the petals, and baste them in place [Stitches-#3c]. Prepare the butterfly & leaves the same way.
the large circle template in the center of the Dresden Plate, and redraw
the inner edge of the petals onto the right side of the fabrics with
a chalk pencil.
Fold the background square, lightly finger pressing the center marks.
Baste them in place [Stitches-#3c].
Using black embroidery floss Blanket Stitch [Decorative Stitches·#1]
the Dresden Plate, butterfly & leaves, to the background fabric,
around the edges.
with a knot on the back of the background fabric, behind the appliqué
8. Using the grid ruler and the rotary cutter, centre the design and trim the background fabric down, [Rotary Cutting·#G], to the unfinished size of 15½" x 15½" square.
The antique quilt that inspired this block was 4 blocks wide and 5 blocks long. Joining blocks together adds a design where the leaves meet in the corners. Plus the maker varied the direction of the butterflies, which gives the quilt some whimsy!
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